The Gospel According to Luke

Foreword by Steve Vai / With Paul Rees
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About The Book

The outrageous and often hilarious autobiography of legendary session musician and lead guitarist and singer of Toto. "...one of the most entertaining rock memoirs of recent years..." - Houston Press

No one explodes one of the longest-held misconceptions of music history better than Steve Lukather and his band Toto. The dominant sound of the late ‘70s and ‘80s was not punk, but a slick, polished amalgam of rock and R&B first staked out on Boz Scaggs’ Silk Degrees. That album was shaped in large part by the founding members of Toto, who were emerging as the most in-demand elite session crew in LA, and further developed on the band’s self-titled multi-platinum debut. A string of massive hits followed for Toto while Lukather and bandmates David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, and Steve Porcaro also served as creative linchpins on some of the most successful and influential records of the era, including Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

In this incisive memoir, Lukather tells the complete Toto story. He also lifts the lid on what went on behind the closed studio doors, shedding light on the unique creative processes of some of the most legendary names in music: from Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Elton John to Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Roger Waters, and Aretha Franklin. Lukather’s extraordinary tale also encompasses the dark side of stardom and the American Dream. Frank, engaging, and often hilarious, The Gospel According to Luke is no ordinary rock memoir. It is the real thing.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Post Hill Press (September 2018)
  • Length: 352 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781642930771

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Raves and Reviews

"... an engaging, hilarious and at times tender look into the life of one of music's most accomplished guitarists and session players... The Gospel According to Luke is more than a time capsule of life, love and redemption. It's a treasure trove of information for anyone wondering what it was like being in the studio and working alongside some of the greatest artists, producers and engineers in music history."

– Guitar World

"Luke is one of my favorite guitar players on the planet, period! There's nothing he can't play. Equally apparent is the incredible musicianship that accompanies the craft, soulfulness and heart that comes out of him. No wonder he's had this incredible career!"

– Lee Ritenour

"The Gospel According to Luke doesn't hold back. It is pure Luke. Raw, witty, funny, and yes, profane... It's that honest and unfiltered approach to the book that made it so enjoyable... There are moments in the book that made me laugh out loud... Then there are moments that hit you in the gut."

– Mac Mahaffee, WKYC, Cleveland

"Toto's Steve Lukather holds to no line in wild new memoir... one of the most entertaining rock memoirs of recent years... while many chapters in The Gospel According to Luke are not fit for lessons in any traditional Sunday School, it's a course all its own in the School of Rock."

– Houston Press

"Steve Lukather, also commonly known as Luke, has lived a rock star life since 1977. He tells it all in his new autobiography, The Gospel According to Luke. It's an honest, raw look at the guitarist's music, his band Toto, drug addiction, sobriety and more."

– Fort Lauderdale Daily

"The Gospel is more than just an affecting memoir, it's a musical roadmap on how to stay at the top of your creative game. In a world of overnight celebrity and forgotten internet influencers, Lukather earned his 'guitar wizard' status the old-fashioned way. He worked for it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED."

– Keyboard Magazine